ginkgo leaves and curtains

ginkgo leaves in autumn and winter

Theme and Variations.

I actually wanted to present works from a new series today. It’s quite promising work for me, but then I thought maybe it seems too crude. I think its appeal is only revealed upon closer inspection. Or not – what do I know.

Instead, I’ll show a few studies related to a topic I’ve already presented. Actually 2 times. Once about my work with leaves in general, and once on the subject of “poetry from the sky“.

As soon as I leave the house, I’m in a small meadow that I like quite a lot for some reason. It certainly has something to do with the fact that there is a Ginkgo tree there. In early autumn I enjoy the view through the treetops and when the sun shines it flickers golden.

In late autumn the gold lies in the meadow – ginkgo leaves. And then death gently breathes on them.

ginko leaves in autumn
ginkgo leaves and oils on wood

And in winter, a few leaves in that meadow always manage to peep through the light snow cover. It’s like when you look through a curtain into the winter day – only the other way around.

ginko leaves in winter

There’s a very lyrical aspect to the whole thing, and that’s probably what prompted me at one point to combine the leaves with a calligraphed Chinese poem.

I have already varied the summer and autumn variants before. The winter collection looks like this:

While one anticipates the coming winter, the other peers to see if spring is finally approaching.


Maybe I will dedicate one or the other picture or one or the other contribution to someone. Why? Just to thank someone in my humble way. So I would like to start today and dedicate the post to Edith Hornauer. Do I know you? No. Why then?

I stumbled across one of her poems by accident and really enjoyed it. Comment from me, warm feedback from her, we all know that. But there is something stunning about her warmth. In general, I can’t deal with that kind of warmth, but reading such a friendly line in the morning makes the day. And that’s a lot.



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50 responses to “ginkgo leaves in autumn and winter”

  1. Edith avatar

    Deine Gingo- Pappel- und Ahornblätter sind so toll in ihrem Winterkleid. Sie haben es verdient, auch im Winter noch hervorgehoben zu werden, denn ihre Herbstkleidfarbe, ihr Gold und Rot ist unbeschreiblich schön anzusehen…
    Dir ein feines Wochenende, ein gutes, kreatives…
    wünsche ich dir von Herzen,

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Danke, Edith, das ist sehr freundlich! Eigentlich wollte ich diesen Beitrag Dir widmen, war dann aber nicht sicher, ob das angebracht ist. Gold und Rot und alle anderen Farben sind auf dem Weg zu Dir.

      1. Edith avatar

        Wow, glaubs, ich hätte mich gefreut darüber. Nun nehme ich die Farben entgegen, egal, wie sie kommen, sie werden die Tristheit durchdringen… DANKE, du Lieber. Ich bin grad dabei, deine dazu unterlegten Worte anzuklicken, um genau nachzulesen. Und ich finde Gutes, das, was deiner Kunst, der Natur gerecht wird. Du kannst so viel in so Wenigem verstecken, dass es immer neugierig macht…

      2. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

        Widmung habe ich nachgeholt. Gib mit Bescheid, wenn ich was aendern soll. lg f

  2. rabirius avatar

    I especially like the winter version.
    It really looks like the leaves were covered in snow.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much! Just fooling around but knowing/hoping that something useful will come of it at some point 🙂 Happy weekend!

  3. olivia2010kroth avatar

    Alle Achtung! Diese Serie ist wunderschön. Ich liebe Ginko-Blätter sowohl in der Natur als auch in der Kunst. Und natûrlich nicht zu vergessen – die Literatur: Goethe!

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Vielen herzlichen Dank! Ja, ich dachte noch, ein literarisches Beispiel anzufuegen.

      1. olivia2010kroth avatar

        Goethe wäre wohl ein gutes literarisches Beispiel, aber es gibt sicher auch andere – vielleicht aus dem asiatischen Bereich?

  4. Edith avatar

    Lieber Friedrich-Freund. Mir stehen in meinem DankesLächeln für dich Tränen in den Augen. Danke, dass du meine Gedichte und damit mich so in eine Widmung eingebunden hast. Es übertrifft grad alles, was ich zu denken vermag. DANKE. Wir bleiben verbunden, auch wenn wir uns persönlich nicht kennen. Dabei kennen wir uns so sehr gut. Ich umarme dich einfach mal aus der Ferne aus tiefstem Herzen…. ❤

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Ja, das ist mein Los: ich bringe immer alle Maedels zum Weinen….

      1. Edith avatar

        Lächel, diesmal wars vor Glück, denn so etwas bekam ich noch nie geschenkt… ❤

  5. Spira avatar

    The autumn version brought in mind a haiku by Basho:
    “Such things as cherished tears
    the scattered red leaves.”

    Needless to say, I loved your creations.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much! That’s really a nice Haiku. Well, all of Basho is mindblowing.

  6. julianeus avatar


    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much! Enjoy a great weekend!

  7. swabby429 avatar

    The sheer curtains allow only the essential leaf forms to appear. I also ponder the possible symbolism of the seven amber leaves in the other painting.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you! Yes, eactly. In the traditional Chinese culture, Seven represents the combination of Yin, Yang and Five Elements (Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth). This combination is considered as “harmony” in the ideology of Confucianism. While in Chinese Taoism, it stands for Tao which has a close connection with kindness and beauty. (source:

      1. swabby429 avatar

        Thank you for clarifying the number meanings.

  8. The Sicilian Storyteller avatar

    Friedrich, these pieces are breathtaking. Thank you for sharing this exquisite post with us. 🍂 🍁

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      You are always so kind! All I can do is to send you a big bunch of sunbeams and my sincere thanks 😊

      1. The Sicilian Storyteller avatar

        Danke! Das ist sehr gut! I will gladly accept those sunbeams! ☀️ (Yes, I attended a German school but sadly retain very little of what I learned!)

      2. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

        Ha, mein Italienisch ist wahrscheinlich schlechter als Dein Deutsch 😆🌹

      3. The Sicilian Storyteller avatar

        Ich wäre mir nicht so sicher! 😂

  9. rose avatar

    Dear Friedrich,your gingkopaintings whether summer or winter are full of poetry and sublime power. – you made my day!

  10. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

    Thank you so much, Rose, I am glad you like them! And soon there will be green ginkgo leaves on those trees. Hopefully 🥂

  11. Stacey C. Johnson avatar
    Stacey C. Johnson

    These are gorgeous, Friedrich. There’s a haunting beauty that invites reading and re-reading.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you so much, Stacey! I am glad you like it. Have a most wonderful weekend! 🙂

  12. mic avatar


    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you so much! Best wishes 🙂

  13. Mike and Kellye Hefner avatar

    Lovely words and lovely leaves.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much! You are kind as always 🙂

  14. Ashley avatar

    Your paintings are amazing! The curtains I want to wrap around me; the way you have painted the fabrics is a sheer delight. The first, autumn, is so beautiful I would love to gift it to my wife as the colours are her favourites; there is also something in the shape of a gingko leaf that fills me with peace (?)

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you Ashley! You are very kind! I am glad you like them. If you need the painting as a gift, just let me know. Sure we can work something out. Enjoy a great day!

  15. Rosaliene Bacchus avatar

    Love them all! From letting go of what holds us back in the autumn painting to the serenity of the winter chill.

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you for your kind words and encouragement! I am glad you like them!

  16. kiangablog avatar

    I am seeing the ginkgo tree and its beautiful leaves in a new way. You have captured the allure of nature in such a stunning way that draws one in. Lovely colours and light. Lynn

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you so much, Lynn, for your kind wirds and encouragement! I am happy that you noticed the aspect of light. Enjoy a wonderful day! friedrich

  17. Belladonna avatar

    Oh wow! They are all so beautiful

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you so much! How kind of you! 😉

      1. Belladonna avatar

        You’re very talented and you’re welcome

  18. Armann and Kaymann avatar

    Your writing is warm and thoughtful.

    Your art is very good and asks for engagement. Both forward looking and back, both seasons and leaves come and go with little thought given as to why or how by humans.

  19. Yelling Rosa avatar

    Nice post.
    I like this post, but my gravatar doesn’t show up.
    Take care 🙂

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much! Yes, the are tech problems from time to time 😑


    Oh, I do love these! They really are lyrical. 😎🌺

    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you very much! I am happy to hear that 🙏

  21. luisa farina avatar

    The Gjnko biloba leaves seem a feast in the Sky …I like it.compliments!😀

  22. internotrentuno avatar
    1. Zettl Fine Arts avatar

      Thank you so much!

      1. internotrentuno avatar


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